The reasons for this cancellation arise from the need to clarify the legal status of the contracts.
"Although the contracts allegedly ceased to have legal effect on 31.01.2019, and the TUPEM licence was allegedly valid only until 10.01.2019, there’s lack of clarity regarding its current or future legal status.
Yesterday, the Court ordered the Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition to inform the court, within 10 working days (by 19 February), if there are any extensions to the three contracts and to the (TUPEM) licence.
The court instructed further, that in the event that an extension of the contracts was done, then the Ministry of the Environment is asked to inform the court about "in what terms and for how long have the contracts been or will be extended".
Once again, we reinforce our standpoint that until ASMAA has clear and official evidence that all contracts are in fact , totally extinct , which relates to the concession of exploration rights, research, development and production of oil and gas in the Alentejo Basin for the concession areas Lavagante, Gamba and Santola, are in fact , totally extinct, the fight to stop them drilling, continues.